Pastor Peter Simpson of Penn Free Methodist Church has strongly critcised the ever increasing high profile given to Halloween celebrations, especially by the retail industry, arguing that its focus on spiritual darkness is utterly unwholesome and should be the last thing which children should be encouraged to think about.
He states, “Death, ghosts, skeletons, vampires, face masks designed to terrify : there is nothing happy about Halloween, and it cannot be dismissed as just harmless fun. The Bible tells us that if someone wants to focus his thoughts on unwholesome subjects, it indicates a deeper problem within him, namely a heart which is in rebellion against God” :
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7).
The Penn minister contends, “The ‘trick or treat’ principle is in itself immoral - ‘Give me what I want or suffer the consequences’. Why instil such a notion in children’s minds? Halloween has become so popular in recent years, precisely because as a society Britain has increasingly abandoned the worship of God and the authority of the Bible”.
"Why do we encourge children to put on make-up so that they can look like a zombie or someone covered in deep wounds and scars and ugly congealed blood. What kind of a culture thinks that this is fun and entertainment?, says the pastor. In contrast, the Bible declares,
“Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely … think on these things”
Pastor Simpson also argues that there is a very unhealthy preoccupation with death in the obervance of Halloween, whereas death is no laughing matter. He states, “Death is a reality which all need to consider in the light of the coming day of judgement. The Bible states concerning death :
“We must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Instead of trying to laugh about death and joke about ghosts, says the minister, it would be far better to consider Him who has the power over death, our Saviour from sin, the Lord Jesus Christ.